Major Robert C. Arbegast
Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station Houston
Robert C. Arbegast entered Officer Candidate School (OCS) January 2003 after graduating from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Upon commissioning as a Second Lieutenant he completed The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, VA. After completing TBS, he reported to Marine Aviation Training Support Group Twenty One (MATSG-21) in Pensacola, Florida where he completed Initial Flight Training (IFS) and Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API). Lieutenant Arbegast then reported to Training Squadron Six (VT-6) for Primary flight training and subsequently Helicopter Training Squadron Eight (HT-8) for Intermediate flight training. He was awarded his Naval Aviator Designation in April 2005 and was sent to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 (HMLA/T-303) where he began to fly the AH-1W.
In October 2005 First Lieutenant Arbegast then transferred to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 (HMLA-267) where he served in the Operations Department. In July 2006 he was attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165) where he joined the composite Squadron’s Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) shop. As a member of the Aviation Combat Element for the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC), First Lieutenant Arbegast participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 5-8.1.
In July 2007 First Lieutenant Arbegast returned to HMLA-267 and served as the Adjutant until February 2008 when he again was detached from HMLA-267 and assigned to HMM-165(REIN) for a subsequent 15th MEU. During this deployment Captain Arbegast served as the composite Squadron Airframes Officer In Charge (OIC). Upon returning to HMLA-267, Captain Arbegast was allowed the opportunity to complete Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course 2-09 in Yuma, AZ. In January 2010, Captain Arbegast was assigned to the 31st MEU in Okinawa, Japan as the Detachment WTI and was responsible for all AH-1W training and operational employment throughout the deployment.
In 2010 Captain Arbegast was accepted into the instructor cadre in the AH-1 division at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1). While in Yuma, Captain Arbegast filled the roles of AH-1 Instructor Pilot (IP), Range Officer and the AH-1 division head.
His personal decorations include the Air Strike Medal (Numeral 4), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Gold Star in lieu of second award) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.